The president's son, who took over the company's operations with his brother Eric when their father took office, is scheduled to address a business summit in New Delhi on Friday. "I just thought he was president".
Ahead of his trip, the interim head of the Trump Organization ran a full page ad in multiple Indian newspapers, promising those who buy a Trump property before February 21 a chance to meet with him, reported Fortune magazine. However, ethics lawyers warned of clashes of interest between the White House and the Trump Organization's finances, with President Trump remaining the owner.
The younger Trump said his itinerary did not include interactions with government officials in an intentional effort to steer clear of politics.
A luxury complex is already open in the central city of Pune, with other developments in varying stages of construction in the coastal cities of Mumbai and Kolkata and two in the chrome-and-glass New Delhi suburb Gurgaon.More news: Kraft Heinz quarterly profit, sales miss estimates
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The Kolkata project is being built by a collaboration of Unimark, RDB Group and Tribeca and offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the city.
His visit kicks off in Delhi and he is scheduled to speak at the Global Business Summit, sponsored by The Economic Times and the Yes Bank, next week, but he has categorically said that there is no political dimension to his trip when asked last week if he meant to meet government officials. Trump Jr's visit to India is expected to reinforce the trend. "It is what is making people pay attention and look at it deeply".
Trump Jr. also plans to spend part of the trip meeting with investors and business leaders, as well as attending an advertised $38,000-per-ticket "conversation and dinner" event with Trump Tower Delhi National Capital Region buyers, according to the Post.
Critics have often complained of the high cost of Secret Service agents accompanying the Trump children on private business trips, straining the agency's budget. "It's what he is".
All are being built with local partners, with the Trump Organization giving permission to use its brand and taking a share of the profits. The Trump family's financial interests in India could also call into question the president's objectivity in dealing with the country, they said. The biggest difference from the Obama administration, they said, was the apparent warmth between the president and Modi.